Acadian Food Project

For a Social Studies project on Acadia, one of the project options was to make an Acadian dish. I originally made Vanilla Ice Cream and thought to do the reading afterwards, although this proved to be a bad idea, as I found that the dish didn’t have much history to base a project around.

I decided to do some Googling first and then found a dish called “Chicken Fricot” which is basically a really fancy chicken soup, which I will upload a recipe and basic history of.

Chicken fricot – also called chicken soup – is by far the most popular in Acadia. Years ago, it was mostly made with chicken.  Fricot was a festive food. When visitors came by or festivities such as frolics, bees or evening gatherings brought together many people, the Acadians always killed a chicken to make a fricot. Even today, almost all Acadian families make their fricot with a chicken or young hen.

  • 1 chicken
  • fat
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 12 cups (3 L) water
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon summer savory
  • 5 cups diced potatoes
  1. Cut up chicken.  Brown it completely in fat.
  2. Remove chicken and fry onions.  Add flour.  Cook for 1 or 2 minutes.
  3. Add water, chicken, salt, pepper and summer savory.  Cook until chicken is tender (approximately ½ hour for a young hen and 1 ½ hour for a chicken).
  4. Add potatoes and cook for about 20 minutes.

 

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